The following was taken from USA Today:
Cincinnati government affairs executive Chip Gerhardt was in Washington to see one of his legislative priorities, the ABLE Act, pass the House and move towards the Senate. His client isn’t a private company or another interest group but his daughter, Anne Gerhardt, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome. Yesterday’s 404-17 House vote in favor of the bill was the culmination of a years-long campaign, spearheaded by hundreds of families with disabled children and a diverse collection of advocacy groups, from Autism Speaks to the National Federation of the Blind.
The ABLE Act stands out for its broad, bipartisan support — 454 House and Senate lawmakers have co-sponsored the bill, about 85% of Congress. The measure would allow people with disabilities to set up savings accounts — with no tax on the earnings, similar to 529 college savings accounts — to cover housing, transportation and other expenses. The bill could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as next week and Boehner said he’s been working with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to make sure there are no last-minute hitches.
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